What is Gleaning?
Gleaning is rescuing fresh food from farms that would otherwise be unharvested or wasted. Produce is gathered in the fields or picked up after the harvest and is quickly distributed to food-insecure individuals and families in the region.
Gleaning is happening all across the country, and it is now an active program in the greater St. Louis area.
- Reduces food loss.
- Increases access to healthy, fresh, local food for food-insecure individuals and families.
- Strengthens connections between local farmers and their community (the gleaning volunteers) and increases knowledge of and appreciation for farming work.
- Creates tax benefits for farms who donate food.
- Spread awareness of the generosity of farming businesses on social media.